Jamie Olson McKee

Jamie Olson McKee

Director, Early Learning & Assessments

Jamie Olson McKee leads the foundation’s Early Learning & Assessments team. The Early Learning strategy works to support pre-K systems and programs and ensure that they spark joyful learning, benefit all children, and reduce equity gaps that affect Black and Latino students and children from low-income communities. Her Assessments team works to develop paths for innovative, efficient, and engaging assessments for K-12 students and helps systems align their assessment measures and use data to take more timely action.

Jamie joined the foundation in 2007 and has led policy and advocacy work, solution development, and place-based work to improve K-12 education and encourage system-level changes that can deliver better educational outcomes for all students, especially those who face the greatest barriers to opportunity.

Before joining the foundation, Jamie served as the policy director at the Pennsylvania Department of Education, where she worked on policies to support the success of students in publicly funded early learning, K-12, and higher education programs. She started her career as a grassroots organizer working with high school students to advocate for an equitable system of school funding in Pennsylvania as well as a comprehensive set of educational reforms designed to increase the quality of education across the state.

Jamie has a master’s degree in public affairs from the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs and a bachelor’s degree in education policy from Brown University.

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